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Reid Students Raise $1,500 For Red Cross Disaster Relief
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:40AM / Sunday, October 15, 2017

The students presented local Red Cross volunteers the donation on Friday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It started as a simple homework assignment.   Debra Guachione's 7th-grade students at Reid were asked to write an essay answering the question, "If you could change places with anyone in the world who would it be and why?"   Ella Ives went home and thought about it. She watched the news coming in about devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and the Virgin Islands and found her answer.    "I am worried about how badly the state of Texas has been hit by Hurricane Harvey. I wish I could trade places with the Red Cross volunteers who are there

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Greylock Thunder Softball Seeks Players, Coaches for 2018
10:49AM / Saturday, October 14, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. -- The Greylock Thunder travel softball teams will hold tryouts this month for their 2018 summer season.   Interested players in the 14u, 16u, and 18u age groups should attend. All interested coaches should apply in person or via email.    Tryouts will be held:   U-14 & 16  Oct. 21, 3 to 5 p.m. at Reid Field.   Oct. 22, 3 to 5 p.m. at Reid Field.   U-18 Oct. 22, 3 to 5 p.m. at Reid Field.    All interested players are encouraged to come try out.   A brief informational session will be held at the start of tryouts to go over what to expect with the 2018 program: costs, travel expense, commitment, schedules, etc.   The

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'Blade Runner 2049': Virtual Truth & Justice
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
02:58PM / Friday, October 13, 2017
I'm not exactly sure what I saw, but I kind of think it was sort of OK, maybe. It's quite a tussle trying to follow the unnecessarily convoluted story in Denis Villeneuve's "Blade Runner 2049." The miasmic visuals of the scorched Earth scenario frustratingly obscure the gist of the thing. Yet, when the complicating fog eventually lifts way toward the end of the near three-hour followup to the 1982 "Blade Runner," we see it's not all that intricate. Rather, it's apparent that unable to dazzle us with brilliance, the director attempts to baffle us with, well, you know what.   The film attempts to compensate for its lack of truly ingenious plotting

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iForum: Girl Scouts Already Doing Great Things in the Community
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:45PM / Friday, October 13, 2017

You might have seen the group of 100 Girl Scouts in the Berkshire Mall last March, coming together to learn about other cultures on World Thinking Day.

I wanted to preserve the moment.

There, in front of me, stood six young ladies from my Girl Scout troop, holding three binders that, on the surface, didn't look all that interesting. But, as with people and programs like the Girl Scout program itself, there was more than meets the eye.

Inside the binders was a brand new curriculum these girls as fifth-graders had developed over the past six months to give to their two schools, Williamstown and Lanesborough elementary schools, to help teach other fifth-graders the Bill of Rights in a

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Pittsfield Police Investigating Armed Robbery Of Nichols Package Store
Staff Reports,
12:30PM / Friday, October 13, 2017

Police say these two men robbed Nichols Package Store on Monday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are asking for information regarding an armed robbery of Nichols Package Store early this week.   Police say that shortly before 10 p.m. on Monday night, two men displayed a gun in the store and assaulted the clerk.   The clerk's injuries were minor but the suspects took money from the cash register and fled on foot.   Both suspects are described as being 6-feet tall and wearing jeans. One of them had a thin build and was wearing a dark grey colored Nike sweatshirt. The other was stocky and was wearing a light grey Champion sweatshirt.   Both are described as

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 13-19, 2017
11:55AM / Friday, October 13, 2017
SAT Second-annual Harvest Festival On The Common Cultural Pittsfield and the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market join forces to host the Second-annual Harvest Festival at the First Street Common on Saturday, October 14 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. This will be the final outdoor market of the season! 
The fest will feature a Halloween Costume Festival (yes, wear your Halloween costumes to the event!) with giveaways for each participant, pumpkin painting and a

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Pittsfield Approves East Street Solar Array; Soldier On Plans Expansion
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:53AM / Friday, October 13, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals gave the green light for BVD Solar to build a commercial photovoltaic array on outer East Street.   The company is planning to us about 20 acres of a 73-acre parcel near Winesap Road. More than 11 acres of vegetation will have to be cut and the array will generate 1.9 megawatts of electricity.   "We are trying to minimize the impacts ut there is a fair amount of clearing," said engineer James Scalise, of SK Design.   It is just another in a handful of solar arrays the company has recently sought or is currently constructing. Scalise said there will be at least 100 feet between the arrays and the homes, and the

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BRPC Considering Expanding Role In Education Task Force
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Friday, October 13, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Education Task Force has asked BRPC to take an expanded role in helping school districts regionalize.   The task force had already released its recommendation that eventually the county should have a single school district. That process will take years and have many challenging steps. The group has now asked the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to serve as the "backbone" to support any consolidation efforts county school district undertake.   "We're not setting policy direction for them, we are providing administrative support," said Executive Director Nathaniel Karns.   BRPC already serves as the fiscal

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Framework Opens Its Door On North Street in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:03PM / Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tim Burke and Scott Moraes teamed up on the project, which had a soft opening two weeks ago. The business is now open and offers day passes for those who just want to try it out. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Framework is now open.   On Thursday, Mayor Linda Tyer and staff from the Community Development office took a tour of the new co-working space on North Street.   A pair of local businessmen teamed up to transform two storefronts into a shared office space for individuals in various trades on a membership model.   "We've got to have a lot of diversity in our economy if we are going to have a stable community. This is another example of a small-scale, economic

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Pittsfield Council Candidates Handle Questions At NAACP Forum
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:38AM / Thursday, October 12, 2017

Rhonda Serre is running for election in Ward 7. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — What type of approaches would you take to increase diversity in government and the schools?   That was the first question posed by former Berkshire County NAACP Chapter President Will Singleton Wednesday night during a lengthy candidate forum.   For close to three hours at Conte Community School, Singleton moderated a debate among 17 of the 19 candidates on the ballot. The candidates had only a brief time to answer but it was enough to draw out a few different viewpoints.   "The most effective way to create more diversity in the school system and our city hall public employees is to continue

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Williamstown Elementary Holds Fall Children's Clothing Sale on Oct. 14
02:09PM / Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Bins of goodies await shoppers on Oct. 14.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Elementary School PTO's annual clothing sale enters its second decade on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. As an added bonus, items will be half-price for customers receiving a hand stamp and entering after 1:30 p.m.

The WES cafeteria will be packed with gently used, nearly new and brand new quality children's clothing and accessories, including dressy styles, swim and athletic wear, foot wear, costumes and pajamas. Shoppers will find all types of bargains for all types of weather for all four seasons - especially the seasons coming up.

“The clothing sale will feature great

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Pittsfield Hires City's First Female Firefighter
Staff Reports,
02:03PM / Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Matthew Bainbridge, on the left, and Abigail Lemanski, on the right, with Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski Tuesday night after the two were appointed to the department. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Abigail Lemanski became the city's first female firefighter Tuesday night.   The City Council appointed Lemanski to the department. She comes after working seven years as a volunteer firefighter in Lenox and starts recruit academy Monday morning.   "In the past seven years that I've served as fire chief, we've replaced almost a third of the 87 sworn firefighters in the department typically due to retirements, but this is the first time in those seven years, that

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